Toto Wolff, Mercedes F1 boss has revealed that he would welcome Ross Brawn back to Formula 1 (F1) in a rule-making position.
“He has been there forever; he has the right distance from any team after being away a couple of years. If I need to underwrite Ross coming back in a leadership function in Formula One, he has my vote.” Wolff said to Reuters.
The 44-year-old suggested that Brawn is a man who has huge experience in the sport and has the right personality. The Englishman also has the right technical knowledge to help F1 move forward.
Brawn had revealed in a recent interview that he would like to come back to F1. But, it would not be with a particular team. He would consider coming back in a position where he could make changes to the rules and help the sport move forward in the next three to five years.
The idea of Brawn returning to F1 was laid by Christian Horner, team boss of Red Bull F1. This was when the governing body was struggling to finalize rule changes for the 2017 season.
Brawn was edged out as the team principal of Mercedes F1 when Wolff, Niki Lauda and Paddy Lowe arrived in the team. This incident had strained Brawn’s relationship with Wolff and Lauda. The Englishman also expressed this in his recently published book, Total Competition, according to ESPN.
However, Wolff has insisted that there has been no strain in the relationship between the two and the duo is still in talking terms.
“First of all, there was a lot of controversy around the book he has written, but success and transition is never easy and it is a delicate matter. So for me this is no problem and actually we have been in touch and he has said some quite nice things about us not dropping the ball, and the relationship is intact.” Wolff added.
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